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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Todd Akin 92%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 92%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 92%
John Linder 92%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 31 Gary Miller Republican 92%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 90%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 90%
Richard Pombo 90%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 90%
Barbara Cubin 89%
Ric Keller 89%
Jon Kyl 89%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 89%
Don Nickles 89%
Craig Thomas 89%
Thomas DeLay 88%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
Ron Lewis 88%
Edward Schrock 88%
John Shadegg 88%
ID U.S. House 2 Mike Simpson Republican 88%
William Tauzin 88%
Gerald Weller 88%
Richard Hugh Baker 87%
William Frist 87%
Trent Lott, Sr. 87%
IN Governor Mike Pence Republican 87%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 87%
Jim Ryun 87%
Henry Bonilla 86%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 86%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 86%
Philip Crane 86%
Wayne Allard 85%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 85%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 85%
Kay Hutchison 85%
William Lewis Jenkins 85%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 85%
FL U.S. House 1 Jefferson Miller Republican 85%
Sue Myrick 85%
Donald Sherwood 85%
PA U.S. House 9 Bill Shuster Republican 85%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 84%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 84%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 84%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 84%
David Weldon 84%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 83%
Bob Bennett 83%
Larry Craig 83%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 83%
John Doolittle 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 83%
Terry Everett 83%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 83%
Melissa Hart 83%
Joel Hefley 83%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 83%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 83%
Michael Oxley 83%
John Sullivan 83%
Michael Bilirakis 82%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 82%
Wally Herger, Jr. 82%
Todd Tiahrt 82%
Cass Ballenger 81%
Larry Combest 81%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 81%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 81%
Bill Young 81%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 80%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 80%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 80%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 80%
Mark Kennedy 80%
Scott McInnis 80%
Robert William Ney 80%
MI U.S. House 8 Mike Rogers Republican 80%
Rick Santorum 80%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 80%
Henry Brown, Jr. 79%
Michael Collins 79%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 79%
Robert Hayes 79%
Henry Hyde 79%
James McCrery III 79%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 79%
OH U.S. House 12 Pat Tiberi Republican 79%
SC U.S. House 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 79%
Randall Cunningham 78%
Joseph Knollenberg 78%
Dick Lugar 78%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 78%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 78%
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 78%
Kit Bond 77%
Jim Bunning 77%
Conrad Burns 77%
Jo Ann Davis 77%
Jim Gibbons 77%
Denny Rehberg 77%
Thomas Reynolds 77%
Cliff Stearns 77%
OR U.S. House 2 Greg Walden Republican 77%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 76%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 76%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 76%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 76%
Chris Cannon 75%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 75%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 75%
Ted Stevens 75%
John Ensign 74%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 74%
Charles Taylor 74%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 74%
George Allen 73%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 73%
Steve Buyer 73%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 73%
David Lee Hobson 73%
Kenny Hulshof 73%
John McHugh 73%
Anne Northup 73%
John Peterson 73%
Ralph Regula 73%
Tom Tancredo 73%
Zach Wamp 73%
Philip English 72%
Paul Gillmor 72%
Mark Green 72%
Jim Saxton 72%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 72%
Elton Gallegly 71%
Porter Goss 71%
Judd Gregg 71%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 71%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 71%
Dan Burton 70%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 70%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 70%
Duncan Hunter 70%
Don Manzullo 70%
George Radanovich 70%
Ben Campbell 69%
Thomas Davis III 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 69%
Jerry Lewis 69%
KY Commissioner of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Ken Lucas Democratic 69%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 69%
John Sweeney 69%
John Warner 69%
Roscoe Bartlett 68%
Jennifer Dunn 68%
Peter Fitzgerald 68%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 68%
Christopher Cox 67%
Deborah Pryce 67%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 67%
Mark Souder 67%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 66%
Jo Ann Emerson 66%
Pete Hoekstra 66%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 66%
James Nussle 66%
Thomas William Osborne 66%
WI U.S. House 1 Paul Ryan Republican 66%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 66%
Judy Biggert 65%
Mark Foley 65%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 65%
James Kolbe 65%
Ray LaHood 65%
Sue Kelly 64%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 64%
Heather Wilson 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 63%
Zell Bryan Miller 63%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 63%
Gilbert Gutknecht 62%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 62%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 62%
Doug Ose 61%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 61%
George Voinovich 61%
David Dreier 60%
Vern Ehlers 60%
Michael Ferguson 60%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 60%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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